John Doolittle Spirit of the Naked Warrior

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noun - The CAPT John Doolittle Spirit of the “Naked Warrior” Award is an annual award presented at the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim in the spirit of John Doolittle who completed the inaugural Tampa Bay Frogman Swim in 37°F air temperature and 55°F water temperature without a wetsuit in support of Lt. Dan Cnossen, a fellow Navy SEAL who was wounded in Afghanistan.


The forerunners of today’s Navy SEALs are the WWII Frogmen, often referred to as the “Naked Warriors.” These commandos cleared the beaches of Normandy and the Pacific Islands wearing nothing more than their swim trunks, mask and fins. In this spirit, on 3 January 2010, with a record low air temperature of 37°F and a water temperature of 55°F, CDR John Doolittle, chose to swim wearing only a Speedo in honor of wounded warrior, fellow Navy SEAL LT Dan Cnossen, the namesake of the inaugural swim. When asked at the finish why he only wore a Speedo, he responded in true “Naked Warrior” spirit – “I wanted to make it as hard as possible, because wounded SEALs like Dan Cnossen have a much harder road to recovery than I’ll ever know.”


2018 - Ryan Doolittle
2017 – Sam Farnan
2016 – Joe Neal
2015 – Sean Doolittle
2014 – Reagan Quilty
2013 – Becca Mann
2012 – Thomas O’Connor
2011 – Terry Tomalin

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